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L'économie des organisations : Mythes et réalités

  • Marcel Boyer

The analysis of organizational change and particularly of its impacts on incentives is neither simple nor easy. We consider here four contexts (choosing a level of decentralization, choosing the level of responsibility for pollution damage, choosing a level of technological or organisational flexibility, chhosing an optimal level of inertia) to better understand the dangers of neglecting those impacts and illustrate the sometimes surprising results we may obtain from a rigorous and formal analysis of organizational contexts or situations broadly understood. L'analyse des impacts de changements organisationnels sur les incitations n'est ni simple ni facile. Nous considérons dans cet article l'analyse de ces impacts dans quatre contextes particuliers (le choix d'un niveau de décentralisation, le choix des règles de responsabilité dans le cadre du principe de pollueur-payeur, le choix d'un niveau de flexibilité technologique et organisationnelle, le choix d'un niveau optimal d'inertie dans une organisation) afin de mieux comprendre les dangers de négliger ces impacts et les résultats parfois surprenants que l'on peut obtenir suite à une analyse rigoureuse et formelle de situations et contextes organisationnels entendus au sens large.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:97s-02
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  2. Fine, Charles H. & Pappu, Suguna., 1990. "Flexible manufacturing technology and product-market competition," Working papers 3135-90., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
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